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    Should I bulk or cut (please help!!)

    I simply cannot figure what to do.

    My current stats/story are as followed:

    24 years old, 6 ft tall, 185 pounds

    I went through an ED about a year ago and lost all my muscle mass. I dropped from 220 to 170 extremely fast. After that I developed binge eating habits due to emotional issues and gained from 170 to 185 over the course of about a year. I have managed to get my binging under control for the most part with appropriate help but I am stuck in a rut as to what to do now. I feel fat but I have no muscle mass. If I cut, I'm going to be skinny fat. If I bulk, I'll get fatter but get more muscle.

    I started lifting about 3 months ago. Here are pictures prior to me lifting at roughly 175-180:

    http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3056/45929625.jpg
    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/9798/15515252.jpg
    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/9783/64822223.jpg
    http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/4660/32811146.jpg

    Here's pictures of me yesterday at 185:

    http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/4969/now01.jpg
    http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2884/now02.jpg
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/9224/now03p.jpg
    http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/5710/now04.jpg

    I am not looking for sympathetic answers or anything. If you were in my shoes with the above physique, what would you do (besides laughing at yourself). Would you cut or bulk?

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    pics don't show dude.

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    pics dont show... but if you have no muscle to cut than u cant cut because theres nothing to cut. so i would bulk then cut...just make sure your diet is on track... go to the diet section and post your situation and wait for a young lady named built to respond.. and do what she says... imho

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    You should bulk, you should be able to gain the muscle you lost back pretty fast and you probably won't gain that much fat. If I was you I would bulk back to 220 or whatever you were before, and then cut. Shouldn't take as long for you as someone who was never 220. I assume you meant you were muscular at 220.

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    You would look 10x better if you got some of that goodam hair! lol

    +1 for bulking.

    But slowly ramp up your cals, +200-300 above maintenance at first, then maybe another 100 every few weeks, don't go daft and eat everything in sight. Been there, done that.....not a good look.

    It's all about patience, if you're 8-10lbs heavier in 3 months then you've done a good job. Anymore and you'll have gained more fat than you think/realise.

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    I agree with hench except about how fast you will gain weight, but only because you already had a lot more muscle mass. It comes back way faster than building new muscle.

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    All points here are valid. That being said, coming off an eating disorder like you are, eat in such a way as to gain very very slowly or you're going to panic when you see the scale go up. It's going to take you a while to learn that you really do have dominion over what you weigh, and while you learn that, you'll harden up and get progressively stronger - and just a little bigger, but in the right places.

    That would be my advice anyway. I don't know you, and you may not have the same kinds of issues others with eating disorders sometimes do. I want to see you succeed and I think you will, if you let yourself.

    Good luck.





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    PS what's the plan for your diet and training?





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    Whats the plan for the Hair removal. Sweaters arent in style anymore. lol.
    Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder but dont nobody wanna lift this heavy ass weight. R.C.

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    This is the routine I am following:

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    I really am just scared as hell to try and bulk. I feel fat, overweight, and disgusting as is so I am intensely worried about fat gain. I feel more in control of things if I am cutting instead. I have tried to bulk in the past but end up stopping because I felt too fat.

    By the way, what do you guys think of my current shape. Would you consider me fat, average, a little overweight?

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    I would get fit first, plenty of cardio and lifting. Eat clean foods to slightly below maintenence. Have one day where you eat well-above maintenece and have a day off training. More of a recomp - both muscle gain and fat loss rates are much lower, but you'll feel good both physically and mentally. Definately get some hair removal.



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    Quote Originally Posted by divfan80 View Post
    I really am just scared as hell to try and bulk. I feel fat, overweight, and disgusting as is so I am intensely worried about fat gain. I feel more in control of things if I am cutting instead. I have tried to bulk in the past but end up stopping because I felt too fat.

    By the way, what do you guys think of my current shape. Would you consider me fat, average, a little overweight?
    My opinion of your current shape is easily average.

    Look, Rome wasn't built in a day. You are facing some hurdles, and your are jumping them one by one. Take a victory lap, you are young, and have plenty of time to continue to be better and meet goals. Get to the gym, work on form, keep a journal both for the gym and the kitchen. For a month or so, don't worry about a bulk or cut. Keep your chin up, keep your journal up, you will get to the end of the road.

    I'm not going to comment on your routine, others are better qualified.

    And tell the hair phobes to pound sand........

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    All out of sand
    Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder but dont nobody wanna lift this heavy ass weight. R.C.

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    Shave first and you'll cut 10 lbs! Then bulk. Plus you'll look more muscular when you're hairless.
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